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and hawaii. that's he humility he showed his entire life. there was no staff there just the two of us. we talked for an hour. i would always remember -- having passed away yesterday, it will be imbedded in my mind. as we left, we both thought about fact we had not been able to sit down and talk like that enough. he professed at that time -- his words -- how lucky he has been his whole life. he said i got at emphysema now. i said, not from smoking. he said, i learn to smoke in the war as a boy. he smoked from 1944 to 1967. he told me he had lung cancer. but they were wrong. they took part of his lung out. he talked about how lucky he had been with surviving what he fought with lung can certification but how lucky he had been his while life, for example, the war. i'm sure people would not reflect on his massive injuries as being lucky. butth but he considered he was lucky to have lived. he had been called upon with three other people, three other soldiers, to cross a river in the dark of night, to find out what was going on, on the other side of the river, and he and his three companions, i
facilities on the island in hawaii. at 7:53 on sunday morning, december 7th. , 1941 without warning a japanese launched a massive air attack against pearl harbor and other military bases on that island. when the attack ended, almost 3,000 americans had lost their lives. a total of 21 ships were demolished. and 188 aircraft were destroyed. most of those aircraft were destroyed before they could become airborne. after the attack, president frack lynn -- franklin roosevelt stated that this day, december 7th is the day which we'll live in infa my. it has. we gather to remember that attack on pearl harbor and honor those who received the blow of that first strike. and also remember and honor all of those who served in world war ii. it's my pleasure today to represent the friends of the national world war ii memorial. an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that we always remember the greatest jen -- generation, and their service, valor and sacrifice. and all those supported on the home front. to achieve this we work closely and proudly with the national park service and with the de
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